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1 hour, 55 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 31 March 2011

Thursday night is food night as Drivetime's cookery expert Nigel Barden dishes up after 6. Plus, a new Confession gets the full team treatment, you help Simon sort out a Homework Sucks dilemma, and assist with the selection of a Country Showstopper.

Music Played

12 items
  • Image for Manfred Mann's Earth Band

    Manfred Mann's Earth Band Blinded By The Light

    Drivetime 3 (Various Artists), Dino

  • Image for Roxette

    Roxette She's Got Nothing On (But The Radio)

    (CD Single), EMI, 1

  • Image for The Rezillos

    The Rezillos Top Of The Pops

    1977 - The Spirit Of Punk (Various Artists), Virgin

  • Image for Adele

    Adele Rolling In The Deep

    (CD Single), XL, 1

  • Image for Indeep

    Indeep Last Night A DJ Saved My Life

    Soul Weekender (Various Artists), Crimson

  • Image for Sick Puppies

    Sick Puppies Maybe

    (CD Single)

  • Image for M

    M Pop Muzik

    Million Sellers Vol.16 - The Seventie, Disky

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones Paint It Black

    The Rolling Stones - Forty Licks, Abkco

  • Image for Sarah Brightman

    Sarah Brightman and Hot Gossip I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper

    Fantastic 70's (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia

  • Image for Eliza Doolittle

    Eliza Doolittle Mr Medicine

    (CD Single), Parlophone, 1

  • Image for Pete Wingfield

    Pete Wingfield Eighteen With A Bullet

    The All Time Greatest Movie Songs, Columbia/Sony Tv

  • Image for Dolly Parton

    Dolly Parton Better Get To Livin'

    (CD Single), Universal, 1

  • Very Naughty Baked Alaska

    By Simon Rimmer From Something for the Weekend

    Prep time: Less than 30 mins
    Cooking time: 10 to 30 mins

    Serves 4


    For the chocolate sauce

    · 100g/3½oz caster sugar

    · 100g/3½oz butter

    · 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out

    · 125g/4oz chocolate (70 per cent cocoa solids), broken into pieces

    · 75ml/3fl oz water

    · 1 tbsp cocoa powder

    For the baked Alaska

    · 4 ready-made chocolate brownies

    · 50ml/2fl oz white chocolate liqueur

    · 3 large scoops good quality chocolate ice cream

    · 3 large scoops good quality vanilla ice cream

    · 3 free-range egg whites

    · 75g/3oz sugar



    Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7.
    For the chocolate sauce, place the sugar, butter & vanilla seeds into a pan over a medium heat & cook until melted & combined.
    Add the chocolate, water & cocoa powder & heat gently for 6-8 minutes, until a glossy, thick sauce forms.
    For the baked Alaska, press the brownies into the bottom of a 20cm/8in round ovenproof dish.
    Drizzle over the white chocolate liqueur, then add a couple of spoonfuls of the chocolate sauce.
    Top with 2-3 large scoops of each of the ice creams & place into the freezer to chill.
    Meanwhile, whisk the egg whites with 25g/1oz of the sugar until stiff peaks form when the whisk is removed.
    Add the remaining 25g/1oz of the sugar & whisk again until the egg white mixture is stiff & glossy.
    Remove the dish from the freezer. Spoon the meringue mixture over the ice cream to completely cover.
    Transfer to the oven & bake for 3-4 minutes (no longer), until the meringue is just golden-brown.
    To serve, place generous spoonfuls of the baked Alaska into bowls & drizzle with more chocolate sauce.

  • Nigel's Top Tip

    It’s important to have lots of spirals, peaks & troughs in your meringue, to ensure the browned Alaskan mountain-top at sunset look. A piping bag could well come in handy, or otherwise get creative & swirl with a fork.


    Firstly, in my defence, I was only 15 (I am 58 now) when me and my "best friend" (who is now editor of a world renowned magazine) undertook this - and it was April the 1st.

    My best friend had come to stay with us for a few days when my family had just moved to a large town in the South of England and, for some reason that now eludes me, my parents were both out on this particular morning. The fact that it was April 1st was not lost on two teenagers and as my family had only just moved there, I didn't know enough people to play any practical jokes on - and hence my plan was hatched.

    "What about using the phone"?, I suggested - but what to do? Well after about 50 milliseconds we had worked out our "cunning" and (as we thought) brilliant plan to amuse ourselves. So - phonebook in hand, we looked for any entry starting with Miss or Mrs - thinking that these (as turned out to be true) might be "little old ladies" living on their own and probably willing to become the unwitting butts of our April fools pranks.

    So, we started dialling and got a "hit" with the very first one.

    "Hello, this is the GPO (as it was then) and we are conducting tests on the resonance of the speakers of our phones (all phones were then owned by the GPO) - could you whistle or sing a high note please, and we will measure it with our instruments at our end". So, we had a number of little old ladies trying their best to hit any kind of note or popping to get their false teeth so they could whistle. After a few of these, we thought we could do "better" in our quest to amuse ourselves - so, we tried "the cord on your phone is too long, could you cut it and we can pull the excess through from this end" and, judging by the number of calls that simply went silent, this was also successful - all great fun - but not enough for us yet.

    Our climax was reached when I came up with the idea of phoning and saying the following :

    "Hello, this is the GPO, we are conducting tests on the effectiveness of the waterproofing of the inside in your phone, could you pour about half a cup of water (and in a moment of inspiration - I added 'hot or cold') into the mouthpiece and then again the now tried and tested line ‘we have instruments to test it at this end".

    In all honesty, we only did one of these mainly because I simply could not laugh any more. The faint gurgling sound, followed by a barely audible voice which sounded as if the caller was underwater, earnestly asking "Is that OK"? was simply too much for us to take.

    At the time, I was doing a paper round for the local evening rag and, as I was delivering them the following day, I was stopped in my tracks when saw an article saying "Mystery practical jokers blamed for serial telephone damage’ - which then went on to detail all of our "jokes".

    In mitigation, I stress that I was a callow youth at the time and this has haunted me for 43 years now.

    I seek forgiveness from the team and from any of our "victims" who are still with us - and to their families for the shock they had when they found that "mother" had poured half a cup of hot water into her telephone or was wandering around the house with a telephone handset having cut it off.



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